BIS have come up with that seasonal rarity: the intelligent, considered and beautifully presented Christmas album. Emma Kirkby's pure tone, keen intelligence and utterly natural musicality need no introduction - she has, after all, been delighting us all for decades now. No admirer of either baroque music or Emma Kirkby will want to miss this impeccably programmed disc. The short Böddecker piece acts as a perfect warm-up. It is gentle and pure - the ideal vehicle for Kirkby's voice. Listening to the Cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti takes us to another, altogether more exalted world.
Eight centuries of Christmas music from France, Spain, and the New World. Under Joel Cohen’s vibrant direction, this generous and varied anthology, occupying three entire CD's and containing three hours of music, presents some of The Boston Camerata's most beloved and successful Christmas recordings, originally produced between 1986 and 1999, to a new generation of music lovers.
It really will be the Ultimate Christmas with these 76 Festive tracks across 4CDs housed in a fold out card digipack style case. Includes Wham! Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Eartha Kitt, Michael Bolton, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Julie Andrews, Andy Williams, Mahalia Jackson, John Denver, Willie Nelson, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, Susan Boyle, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis, Dido and many more!